An Acre of Land : Version 1

 
Performed by:
Ethel Grinsdale
Recorded in:
Aldborough
Recorded on:
08/01/1972
Recorded by:
Steve Gardham
Genre:
Agriculture
Keywords:
Catalogue,
Farming,
Farm implements,
Dialect
 

Archival information

TYG:
23
Key:
C
Time Signature:
6/8
Roud id:
21093
Laws id:
Master title:
An Acre of Land
Places Cited:

Lyrics

1
Me father left me an acre o’ land,
Ee, I and I-over,
Me father left me an acre o’ land,
A bunch o’ green nettles and clover.

2
I ploughed it out wi’ a drove o’ cats,

3
I harrowed it out wi’ me finger nails,

4
I sowed it all over with an egg-shell

5
I cut it down wi’ me pocket-knife,

6
I threshed it out with a leg of a louse,

7
I fied it out with a wing of a flee, (fly)(fied = winnowed)

8
I took it to mill on a mouse’s back,

9
Poor beggar came back with a broken back,

This text is a later revision. The recording is the first one made. Mrs Grinsdale had confused some of the stanzas in her first recording and in stanza 8 had sung ‘market’ instead of the correctly remembered word ‘mill’.

Archival information

TYG:
23
Key:
C
Time Signature:
6/8
Roud id:
21093
Laws id:
Master title:
An Acre of Land
Places Cited: